Spring Boot and Login Listener

David Marko  13 January 2017 06:00:00
There are many situations when we are required to listen for successful login event. To store last login information, to manage some post login account handling … it’s quite easy to do by following Spring Boot way.
Spring Boot internals gather application listener beans (we must inherit ApplicationListener here and annotate as @Component) during startup. Such simple bean and configuration (see code below) causes Spring Boot to call my listener and provide me with authenticated user’s details. And this is what I just needed!

This little post is just a reminder for me, that such listener is invoked for form authentication only and doesn’t run when basic authentication enabled. It hopefully avoids some headaches in future!

See original blog post here.

package app.config;

import org.springframework.context.ApplicationListener;

import org.springframework.security.authentication.event.InteractiveAuthenticationSuccessEvent;

import org.springframework.security.core.userdetails.UserDetails;

import org.springframework.stereotype.Component;


public class LoginListener implements ApplicationListener {


  public void onApplicationEvent(InteractiveAuthenticationSuccessEvent event)


      UserDetails user = (UserDetails) event.getAuthentication().getPrincipal();

      System.out.println("LOGIN name: "+user.getUsername());



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